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Madrigal Pharmaceuticals Reports First-Quarter 2024 Financial Results and Provides Corporate Updates

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Madrigal Pharmaceuticals reported strong financial results for the first quarter of 2024, highlighted by the approval and launch of Rezdiffra™ for the treatment of NASH. The company raised $690 million in gross proceeds from a public offering, with cash, cash equivalents, and marketable securities totaling $1.1 billion as of March 31, 2024. Key corporate updates include the appointment of a new CFO and the validation of the European Medicines Agency marketing application for resmetirom.

Positive
  • Received U.S. FDA approval for Rezdiffra™ for the treatment of patients with NASH, positioning it as a foundational therapy for the condition.

  • Raised $690 million in gross proceeds from a public offering, strengthening the company's balance sheet for the Rezdiffra launch.

  • Cash, cash equivalents, and marketable securities increased to $1.1 billion as of March 31, 2024, providing ample resources for future operations.

Negative
  • Operating expenses increased significantly in the first quarter of 2024, primarily due to expenses related to commercial preparation activities.

  • R&D expenses and SG&A expenses also rose compared to the prior year period, impacting the company's overall financial performance.

Madrigal Pharmaceuticals' recent FDA approval of Rezdiffra and the subsequent initiation of product shipments mark a significant milestone in the company's evolution from a developmental-stage company to one with a commercial product. The focus on nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), a condition with high unmet medical need and a substantial target patient population, underscores the potential for a strong revenue stream if the drug achieves widespread market penetration. With an estimated 1.5 million diagnosed NASH patients in the U.S. and assuming a conservative penetration rate and pricing structure, the revenue projections for Rezdiffra could be substantial, pending market acceptance and insurance coverage.

The biotech industry pays close attention to the transition from clinical development to commercialization, particularly for novel therapies like Rezdiffra. Madrigal's ability to secure FDA approval for a first-in-class treatment is impressive and the drug’s efficacy in stopping or improving fibrosis in more than 80% of patients could set a new treatment paradigm in NASH. However, operational execution in commercialization and navigating payer landscapes will be important for Madrigal. Balancing R&D efforts with SG&A expenses, which have significantly increased due to commercial preparation activities, will be a key factor for their financial health moving forward. Investors should monitor the adoption rate and any real-world efficacy and safety data that could influence physician prescribing patterns.

The successful upsized public offering and the full exercise of the over-allotment option signify investor confidence and provide Madrigal with a more robust balance sheet to support the Rezdiffra launch. Maintaining strong cash reserves is critical for the company's strategy, especially as they aim to expand market access beyond the U.S. The engagement with payers to establish coverage will be a pivotal factor in determining the commercial success of Rezdiffra. Early negotiations and strategic pricing will play a decisive role in how quickly the treatment is adopted in the market. Close attention should be paid to the outcomes of these payer negotiations, as they will influence both short-term revenue and long-term market positioning.
  • On March 14, 2024, received U.S. FDA approval of Rezdiffra™ (resmetirom) for the treatment of patients with noncirrhotic nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) with moderate to advanced liver fibrosis
  • In April 2024, product shipped and first patients received Rezdiffra, the first and only medication approved by the FDA for the treatment of NASH (also known as “MASH”)
  • On March 5, 2024, announced validation of European Medicines Agency marketing application for resmetirom
  • Raised $690 million in gross proceeds from upsized public offering and full over-allotment exercise
  • Reports cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities of $1.1 billion at March 31, 2024
  • Company to host conference call today, May 7, 2024, at 8 a.m. EDT

CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa., May 07, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Madrigal Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:MDGL), a biopharmaceutical company focused on delivering novel therapeutics for nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), today reports first-quarter 2024 financial results and provides corporate updates.

Bill Sibold, Chief Executive Officer of Madrigal, stated, “Madrigal is the first company to deliver an approved therapy for patients with NASH, which we believe will give us a strong competitive advantage for many years to come. As a once-daily, well-tolerated, liver-directed, oral medicine that has demonstrated unprecedented efficacy in a pivotal Phase 3 trial, Rezdiffra is well positioned to become the foundational therapy for this serious disease.” He continued, “We are focused on executing this first-in-disease launch, where our expert team is partnering with the NASH community to establish treatment pathways for patients, laying the groundwork for our long-term leadership. I’m highly encouraged by the enthusiasm we’re seeing for Rezdiffra across our key stakeholders in these early weeks of launch.”

Rezdiffra Launch Update
On March 14, 2024, the Company received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for Rezdiffra for the treatment of patients with noncirrhotic NASH with moderate to advanced liver fibrosis (consistent with stages F2 to F3 fibrosis). Rezdiffra is a once-daily, oral, liver-directed, THR-β agonist designed to target key underlying causes of NASH.

  • Rezdiffra positioned to address significant patient need as first-ever medicine approved for NASH. NASH with moderate to advanced liver fibrosis is a serious and progressive liver disease, and Rezdiffra is the first and only FDA-approved therapy for the condition. Madrigal estimates that approximately 1.5 million patients have been diagnosed with NASH in the U.S., of which approximately 525,000 have NASH with moderate to advanced liver fibrosis. Madrigal is focused on the approximately 315,000 diagnosed patients with NASH with moderate to advanced liver fibrosis under the care of specialist physicians.
  • Strong label positions Rezdiffra as a foundational therapy for NASH. The accelerated approval of Rezdiffra was based on results from the Phase 3 MAESTRO-NASH trial, which was published in The New England Journal of Medicine in February 2024. This includes data demonstrating Rezdiffra stops or improves fibrosis in more than 80% of patients. The Rezdiffra prescribing information includes simple, weight-based dosing, does not include a liver biopsy requirement for diagnosis, contains no contraindications, no boxed warnings and no monitoring requirements beyond standard of care.
  • Experienced team executing on U.S. specialty launch. Madrigal built an expert team across sales, medical affairs, market access and patient support that is executing on the Rezdiffra launch. The sales team is engaging with healthcare providers to educate on NASH and Rezdiffra and activate offices to process prescriptions with the support from Madrigal patient services. The market access team is meeting with national and regional payers to establish coverage and increase patient access to Rezdiffra. Rezdiffra started shipping to customers in April.
  • Expanding access to Rezdiffra outside of the U.S. In March, the Company announced that its Marketing Authorization Application (MAA) for resmetirom for the treatment of NASH/MASH with liver fibrosis was validated and under evaluation with the European Medicines Agency’s (EMA) Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP). Resmetirom has the potential to become the first therapy for patients with NASH/MASH with liver fibrosis to receive approval in Europe.

First Quarter and Recent Corporate Updates

  • Raised $690 million from upsized public offering and full over-allotment option exercise. On March 21, 2024, the Company closed an upsized public offering, which generated gross proceeds of $600 million. On April 2, 2024, the Company closed the underwriters’ exercise in full of their option to purchase additional shares for an additional $90 million gross proceeds. Total net proceeds were $660 million after deducting fees and commissions. These proceeds further strengthen the Company’s balance sheet and fully resource the Rezdiffra launch.
  • New appointment to the Madrigal leadership team. On February 28, 2024, the Company announced the appointment of Mardi C. Dier as Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Ms. Dier has spent more than 20 years in executive financial leadership roles in biotechnology companies, including CFO positions at Portola Pharmaceuticals, Ultragenyx, and Acelyrin.
  • MAESTRO-NASH results published in NEJM. On Feb. 8, 2024, positive results from the 52-week pivotal Phase 3 MAESTRO-NASH were published in The New England Journal of Medicine, including detailed analyses that reinforce the safety and efficacy profile of Rezdiffra. MAESTRO-NASH is a multicenter, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled Phase 3 study of Rezdiffra in patients with liver biopsy-confirmed NASH.
  • Health economic abstracts presented at NASH-TAG. Five Madrigal health economic abstracts were presented at the NASH-TAG conference, which took place January 4-6, 2024, in Park City, Utah. Abstracts highlighted the serious clinical burden of uncontrolled NASH and identified opportunities to improve patient care.

First-Quarter 2024 Financial Results

  • Total revenues: The Company shipped Rezdiffra beginning in April. No revenue was booked in the first quarter.
  • Operating Expenses: First-quarter 2024 operating expenses were $152.0 million, compared to $78.3 million in the comparable prior year period. The increase is primarily attributable to expenses incurred related to commercial preparation activities.
  • R&D Expense: First-quarter 2024 R&D expense was $71.2 million, compared to $62.2 million in the comparable prior year period. The increase is primarily attributable to an increase related to timing of manufacturing, headcount and stock compensation expense.
  • SG&A Expense: First-quarter 2024 SG&A expense was $80.8 million, compared to $16.2 million in the comparable prior year period. The increase is primarily attributable to increases in commercial preparation activities for the launch of Rezdiffra, including significant commercial headcount expansion and stock compensation expense.
  • Interest Income: First-quarter 2024 interest income was $8.3 million, compared to $3.8 million in the comparable prior year period. The increase in interest income is due primarily to a higher average principal balance in our investment account as well as higher average interest rate.
  • Interest Expense: First-quarter 2024 interest expense was $3.8 million, compared to $2.3 million in the comparable prior year period. The increase in interest expense was a result of the higher outstanding principal balances during the period under the Company’s loan facility as well as higher average interest rate.
  • Cash, Cash Equivalents and Marketable Securities: As of March 31, 2024, Madrigal had cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities of $1.1 billion, compared to $634.1 million at Dec. 31, 2023. The increase in cash and marketable securities was attributable to the March 2024 public offering partially offset by funding of operations.

Conference Call and Webcast
At 8 a.m. EDT today, May 7, 2024, the Company will host a webcast to review its financial and operating results and provide a general business update. To access the webcast, please visit the investor relations section of the Madrigal website or click here to register. An archived webcast will be available on the Madrigal website following the event.

About NASH
Nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) is a more advanced form of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). NASH is a leading cause of liver-related mortality and an increasing burden on healthcare systems globally. Additionally, patients with NASH, especially those with more advanced metabolic risk factors (hypertension, concomitant type 2 diabetes), are at increased risk for adverse cardiovascular events and increased morbidity and mortality.

Once patients progress to NASH with moderate to advanced liver fibrosis (consistent with stages F2 to F3 fibrosis), the risk of adverse liver outcomes increases dramatically. NASH is rapidly becoming the leading cause of liver transplantation in the U.S.

Madrigal estimates that approximately 1.5 million patients have been diagnosed with NASH in the U.S., of which approximately 525,000 have NASH with moderate to advanced liver fibrosis. Madrigal plans to focus on approximately 315,000 diagnosed patients with NASH with moderate to advanced liver fibrosis under the care of the liver specialist physicians during the launch of Rezdiffra.

NASH is also known as metabolic dysfunction associated steatohepatitis (MASH). In 2023, global liver disease medical societies and patient groups came together to rename the disease, with the goal of establishing an affirmative, non-stigmatizing name and diagnosis. Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) was renamed metabolic dysfunction-associated steatotic liver disease (MASLD); NASH was renamed MASH; and an overarching term, steatotic liver disease (SLD), was established to capture multiple types of liver diseases associated with fat buildup in the liver. In addition to liver disease, patients with MASH have at least one related comorbid condition (e.g., obesity, hypertension, dyslipidemia, or type 2 diabetes).

About Madrigal Pharmaceuticals
Madrigal Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: MDGL) is a biopharmaceutical company pursuing novel therapeutics for nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), a liver disease with high unmet medical need. Madrigal’s medication, Rezdiffra (resmetirom), is a once-daily, oral, liver-directed THR-β agonist designed to target key underlying causes of NASH. For more information, visit www.madrigalpharma.com.

Forward Looking Statements
This press release includes “forward-looking statements” made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, that are based on Madrigal’s beliefs and assumptions and on information currently available to it but are subject to factors beyond its control. Forward-looking statements reflect management’s current knowledge, assumptions, judgment and expectations regarding future performance or events. Forward-looking statements include all statements that are not historical facts; statements referenced by forward-looking statement identifiers; and statements regarding: Rezdiffra (resmetirom) and its expected use for treating NASH with moderate to advanced fibrosis; the initiation of the commercial launch of Rezdiffra, including statements regarding commercial insurance and the anticipated time to fill prescriptions; estimates of patients diagnosed with NASH and market opportunities; the relationship between NASH progression and adverse patient outcomes; the estimated clinical burden of uncontrolled NASH; analyses for patients with NASH with moderate to advanced fibrosis concerning potential progression to cirrhosis, decompensated cirrhosis, liver transplant or death; cardiovascular risks, comorbidities and outcomes; health economics assessments or projections; indicating Rezdiffra has been shown to improve the fibrosis that is associated with progression to cirrhosis and its complications and resolve the underlying inflammation that drives the disease; projections or objectives for obtaining full approval for Rezdiffra (resmetirom), including those concerning potential clinical benefit to support potential full approval; regarding post-approval requirements and commitments; reduced risk of progression to cirrhosis, liver failure, need for liver transplant and premature mortality; treatment paradigm; improved liver enzymes, fibrosis biomarkers and imaging tests; the potential efficacy and safety of Rezdiffra (resmetirom) for noncirrhotic NASH patients and cirrhotic NASH patients; possible or assumed future results of operations and expenses, business strategies and plans (including ex-US. Launch/partnering plans); research and development activities, the timing and results associated with the future development of Rezdiffra (resmetirom), the timing and completion of projected future clinical milestone events, including enrollment, additional studies, the potential to support an additional indication for Rezdiffra (resmetirom) in patients with well-compensated NASH cirrhosis; optimal dosing levels for Rezdiffra (resmetirom); potential NASH or NAFLD and potential patient benefits with Rezdiffra (resmetirom), including future NASH resolution, safety, fibrosis treatment, cardiovascular effects, lipid treatment, and/or biomarker effects with Rezdiffra (resmetirom); and strategies, objectives and commercial opportunities, including potential prospects or results.

Forward-looking statements can be identified by terms such as “accelerate,” “achieve,” “allow,” “anticipates,” “appear,” “be,” “believes,” “can,” “confidence,” “continue,” “could,” “demonstrates,” ”design,” “estimates,” “expectation,” “expects,” “forecasts,” “future,” “goal,” “help,” “hopeful,” “inform,” “intended,” “intends,” “may,” “might,” “on track,” “planned,” “planning,” “plans,” “positions,” “potential,” “powers,” “predicts,” ”predictive,” “projects,” “seeks,” “should,” “will,” “will achieve,” “will be,” “would” or similar expressions and the negatives of those terms.

Forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties including, but not limited to: the assumptions underlying the forward-looking statements; risks of obtaining and maintaining regulatory approvals, including, but not limited to, potential regulatory delays or rejections; the challenges with the commercial launch of a new product, particularly for a company that does not have commercial experience; risks associated with meeting the objectives of Madrigal’s clinical studies, including, but not limited to Madrigal’s ability to achieve enrollment objectives concerning patient numbers (including an adequate safety database), outcomes objectives and/or timing objectives for Madrigal’s studies; any delays or failures in enrollment, and the occurrence of adverse safety events; risks related to the effects of Rezdiffra’s (resmetirom’s) mechanism of action; enrollment and trial conclusion uncertainties; market demand for and acceptance of our product; the potential inability to raise sufficient capital to fund ongoing operations as currently planned or to obtain financings on terms similar to those arranged in the past; the ability to service indebtedness and otherwise comply with debt covenants; outcomes or trends from competitive studies; future topline data timing or results; our ability to prevent and/or mitigate cyber-attacks; the timing and outcomes of clinical studies of Rezdiffra (resmetirom); the uncertainties inherent in clinical testing; and uncertainties concerning analyses or assessments outside of a controlled clinical trial. Undue reliance should not be placed on forward looking statements, which speak only as of the date they are made. Madrigal undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements to reflect new information, events, or circumstances after the date they are made, or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events. Please refer to Madrigal’s submissions filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, or SEC, for more detailed information regarding these risks and uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied. Madrigal specifically discusses these risks and uncertainties in greater detail in the sections appearing in Part I, Item 1A of its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2023, filed with the SEC on February 28, 2024, , and Part II, Item 1A of its Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2024, filed with the SEC on May 7, 2024, and as updated from time to time by Madrigal’s other filings with the SEC.

Investor Contact
Tina Ventura, Madrigal Pharmaceuticals, Inc., IR@madrigalpharma.com

Media Contact
Christopher Frates, Madrigal Pharmaceuticals, Inc., media@madrigalpharma.com


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Madrigal Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
(in thousands, except share and per share amounts)
(unaudited)
   
   
 Three Months Ended
 March 31,
  2024  2023 
Revenues:  
Total revenues$- $- 
Operating expenses:  
Research and development 71,237  62,154 
Selling, general and administrative 80,800  16,182 
Total operating expenses 152,037  78,336 
Loss from operations (152,037) (78,336)
    Interest income, net 8,334  3,776 
    Interest expense (3,838) (2,336)
Net loss$(147,541)$(76,896)
   
Basic and diluted net loss per common share$(7.38)$(4.23)
Basic and diluted weighted average number of common shares outstanding 20,001,569  18,187,924 
   
   
   
Madrigal Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(in thousands)
(unaudited)
   
   
 March 31,December 31,
  2024  2023 
   
Assets  
Cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities$1,059,063 $634,131 
Other current assets 14,889  3,150 
Other non-current assets 8,328  3,266 
Total assets$1,082,280 $640,547 
   
Liabilities and Equity  
Current liabilities$114,341 $118,548 
Long-term liabilities 117,180  116,666 
Stockholders’ equity 850,759  405,333 
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity$1,082,280 $640,547 
   

FAQ

When did Madrigal Pharmaceuticals receive U.S. FDA approval for Rezdiffra™?

Madrigal Pharmaceuticals received U.S. FDA approval for Rezdiffra™ on March 14, 2024.

How much did Madrigal Pharmaceuticals raise from the public offering?

Madrigal Pharmaceuticals raised $690 million in gross proceeds from the public offering.

What is the total cash, cash equivalents, and marketable securities as of March 31, 2024?

Madrigal Pharmaceuticals had $1.1 billion in cash, cash equivalents, and marketable securities as of March 31, 2024.

Who was appointed as the Chief Financial Officer of Madrigal Pharmaceuticals?

Mardi C. Dier was appointed as the Chief Financial Officer of Madrigal Pharmaceuticals on February 28, 2024.

What is the focus of Madrigal Pharmaceuticals?

Madrigal Pharmaceuticals is focused on delivering novel therapeutics for nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH).

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